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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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Imperial Eclipse Stout aged in Elijah Craig 12 Year Bourbon Barrels

Vintages:
2009 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Elijah Craig) - (Purple Wax)
2011 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2012 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2013 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2014 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle at DBS on a taster. Aroma and flavor has a bit brighter bourbon, chocolate, and medium roast. I'm a bigger fan of Old Fitz, but this one's very good. Nice and smooth, light alcohol burn, but a great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1104) - New York, USA - DEC 22, 2011
2011 bottle. Pitch black pour with thin creamy head, quickly receding, fine sudsy lacing. Nose dominated by rich caramel vanilla bourbon, more traditional flavors of milk chocolate, roast coffee come out as the beer warms. Taste again has strong vanilla toffee, overarching bourbon characteristics, chocolate, mild roast in the finish with some heat. Could do with slightly less sweetness to help everything meld together. Silky smooth palate, almost creamy. Pretty nice, manages to avoid overdoing it with booziness which has turned me off with past bottles of this series.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (1100) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle pours black with low tan head. Aroma is bourbon, and chocolate roast. Taste is nice smooth roast and bourbon, with a bitter roast finish, not too boozy, well done

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2011
2010 bottle from Elijah Craig barrels, brought by Tom to the Black Sunday BA Tasting in Houston. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is of bourbon, of course. Taste is of bourbon and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and tongue-coating with alcohol noticeable. Good stuff, but not fantastic.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocJitsu (1088) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Pours a very dark brown with a fat, foamy, long-lasting, light mocha head. Head retention is about average. Wood, coconut, and chocolate syrup were noted in the aromas. Heavy viscous, creamy mouthfeel that becomes a little astringent at the finish. Chocolate syrup forward with some coconut and ample bourbon. A very, very good imperial stout. Much better than the Vanilla Bean Dark Lord that I’d had moments earlier.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ken1 (1059) - DENMARK - DEC 28, 2014
Aroma: thick bourbon and fruity sweet. Flavour: sweet fruity bourbon and roasted chocolate, and an alcoholic warmth, and a dark fruity aftertaste. A creamy mouthfeel. Colour: almost pitch balck with a creamy light brown head.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Experiment_Ale (1052) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bomber at C&G with Taylor and everyone. Pours dark dark brown light lacing goes away kinda aroma of whiskey and heavy malt. Taste is bourbon malt chocolate and greatness. Finish is savory and chocolate with whiskey.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2013
22oz, purple waxed bottle #2694, 2011 edition. pours a deep, dark brown, almost opaque and sits black in the glass capped by a thin, mocha head that leaves tight rings of lace. aroma is excellent, a bit sweeter that other Eclipse versions, with notes of vanilla, toasted coconut, almonds, and spearmint backed by roasted malts, cocoa, light espresso, and subtle notes of toasted barrel. flavor is where this one really shines with notes of german chocolate cake with extra coconut icing, ashy malts, espresso, and subtle smoke backed by pralines, chocolate oranges, vanilla, and smooth, woody barrel notes. palate appears thin to the eye but actually ramps up in the mouthfeel with light carbonation a warming finish. overall, another excellent Eclipse variation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfish120love (1018) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Aroma: Molasses, caramel, chocolate, port, raisin and bourbon. Extremely rich and smooth. There are also hints of licorish which I find to be strange

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steasy66 (1008) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Blackish with small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, marshmallow. Flavor is good, quite sweet, oily, strong bourbon. Really nice, like the 20 year but a bit more boozy.


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